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Flight to the future : human factors in air traffic control

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      NTL-AVIATION-Air Traffic ControlNTL-AVIATION-Aviation Human Factors
    • Abstract:
      The nation's air traffic control system is responsible for managing a complex

      mixture of air traffic from commercial, general, corporate, and military

      aviation. Despite a strong safety record, the system does suffer occasional

      serious disruption, often the result of outdated and failed equipment. When

      equipment failures occur, system safety relies on the skills of controllers and

      pilots. Under these circumstances, safety is maintained by reducing the number

      of aircraft in the air. Pressures to provide the capacity to handle a greater

      number of flights in the future and to maintain high levels of safety and

      efficiency have led to proposals to provide more reliable and powerful equipment

      and at the same time increase the level of automation in air traffic control

      facilities-that is, to use advances in technology to take over tasks that are

      currently performed by humans. Such proposals have raised concern that

      automation not compromise the safety or efficiency of the system by

      marginalizing the human controller's ability to provide the necessary backup

      when disruptions occur. The Panel on Human Factors in Air Traffic Control

      Automation was convened at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration

      (FAA) for the purposes of gaining an understanding of, and providing

      recommendations on, the human factors characteristics of the current air

      traffic control system, the national airspace system, and future automation

      alternatives in terms of the human's role in the system. The panel's charge

      divides the tasks into two phases. The first focuses on the current system and

      its development as a means to: (1) understand the complexities of and problems

      with the current air traffic control system that automation is intended to

      address; (2) describe the manner in which some levels of automation have already

      been implemented; and (3) provide a baseline of human factors knowledge as it

      relates to the functions of the air traffic controller in the system. The

      second phase is to assess future automation alternatives and the role of the

      human operator in ensuring safety and efficiency in the air traffic control

      system. This report provides the results of the panel's work during the first

      phase. The link in this record leads to the frontal material of the study,

      Flight to the Future: Human Factors in Air Traffic Control. By clicking on the

      Document Homepage button at the end of the web page, the viewer is taken to a

      page which offers ordering information for the hardcopy book of the study (384p.)

      and a link to the left to a hypertext Table of Contents from which the viewer

      can select portions to read as desired on-line.

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